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Baby, I’m a FOIRE! More photos from the L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue antiques market than you’ll ever need.

Okay, OKAY, I know I’ve been beating all of you over the head on Instagram with the fact that I was at the antiques market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in the Provence last week – but it was all so freaking exciting! So, please bear with me today as I share oooh…a few dozen more photos that I took there. For those of you not in the know, the southern French village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (what a mouthful) is home to what I’m sure is the largest number of antique stores in Europe. Believe me, it’s a lot to take in. But twice a year, the visual overload gets even bigger when about 300 more dealers descend on its streets for the Foire. 

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue / Antiques Art and You

Yep, that’s the official name of the antiques market. Okay, let me show you what I saw there.

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Don’t worry about finding the market when you arrive – the first antiques store, aptly called Le Quai de la Gare, beckons you the moment you leave the train. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is about half an hour from the beautiful tourist trap that is Avignon. There was also plenty of space to park your car, by the way.

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If you ever needed a reason the world does not need MORE furniture, here it is! L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a veritable cornucopia of all things vintage.

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No, things do not need to match in a great interior. Au contraire!

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Mid-modern, Shmid-modern! Scandinavian shelving systems were all the rage ten years ago – but now they’re just really boring, if you ask my opinion. That being said, the warm wood of this particular specimen does look great combined with the cool blue paint.

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Those two paintings would look just plain awful in most interiors, but here they really work. Must be the dark grey wall and the antique furniture.

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Stick a fork in me, I’m done with Hollywood Regency for a while. Sorry. That travertine table in the back is quite nice, though.

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Now, THIS is fun! One of the dealers had a room filled with amazing ceramics.

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I really wouldn’t know which one I’d buy, would you?

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Ah yes, the mirrored cabinet that was such a hit when I posted it on Instagram. 

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TOTALLY DIGGING the light blue fabric on these otherwise quite mundane chairs.

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This chair looks like it offers endless possibilities for out of this world sex positions. How many can you think of?

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Okay, it’s a lamp. It’s made of travertine. And it’s a rhinoceros. All I had to do find out who designed it was to Google “Rhinoceros Travertin Lamp”. Fratelli Mannelli, of course! 

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OMG – and all this time I thought the Yves Klein blue Roman head in my living room was big!

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Talking about which…what do you think of this Yves Klein blue chair? It sure has a lot going on!

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As I said on Instagram the other day, this Togo sofa is getting a tad clichéd. That shade of purple is quite nice, though – especially combined with the Victor Vasarely-ish painting on the wall.

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What an unusual shape for an armrest! Drop me a line if you know more about this chair.

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This circular cabinet might just be the missing link in my kitchen. Lovely shade of orange!

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Come to papa! It’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but this Seventies black lacquered brass shelving system sure looks pretty.

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It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed there were two giant gold columns in this photo. Sometimes you just don’t know where to look, right?

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I loved, loved, LOVED Chipie in the Eighties – that brand is definitely due for a comeback.

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If you’re into Fornasetti, but are tired of the Giulia plates then this framed poster might be a good alternative.

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Oh wow, those rough stone walls are definitely a surprising backdrop for these glossy wooden cabinets. Not really feeling the lamp, though.

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I once lived in this rickety old pijpenla apartment in Amsterdam with a wooden floor that I painted white just like this one.

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Anyone for takeaway Chinese? This ceramic Chinese had wasn’t too expensive at €100 – but it was a bit too heavy for me to take back to my hotel in Marseille.

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I had never seen this type of shell lamp before, but at the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market I saw at least five of them. Must be French thing. Most of them were about €120 – a bit much, but there you have it.

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When I took this photo, it was getting really, really hot outside. Still, I soldiered on.

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I always make a sport out of finding rare items like this candle holder on Google. ‘Victorian candle lamp’ was the closest I got.

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A never-ending parade of vintage furniture in the sweltering heat – my kind of afternoon!

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If you ever need a giant propeller or a rocket for that matter, here it is!

 

I’d probably spill my coffee all over me drinking from these square cups!

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Cute doggies are all the rage with French antiques dealers – but I already knew that from my visit to Les Puces in Paris a few years ago. Check out the photos I took when I was there – I even ran into Rod Stewart. Ha!

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